Each year on February 25, the U.S. Department of State submits to the Congress "a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights" in countries that receive assistance from the United States and in all other foreign countries that are members of the United Nations. These "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" are prepared in compliance with U.S. law (Foreign Assistance Act and Trade Act) by the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor based on information gathered from government officials, victims of human rights abuses, academic studies, and reports released by the press, international organizations and NGOs. Wherever it is demonstrated that a state receiving U.S. foreign aid is responsible for "a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights," the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 requires that all military and economic aid be immediately and automatically terminated.
Based on the above, BADIL addressed a letter to the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel on 8 January 2002, in order to clarify the glaring underreporting in the State Department's Year 2000 Annual Country Report for Israel of the facts and legal implications of Israel's massive confiscation of Palestinian-owned property and lands inside the 1949 armistice lines, i.e. inside what is commonly referred to as "Israel proper." BADIL argues in its letter that Israel's land confiscation program satisfies all three required elements of the automatic foreign aid termination provisions of the Foreign Assistance Act and that consequently, all U.S. foreign aid to Israel - including both military and economic aid - must be terminated immediately. BADIL requested full and fair reporting of this matter in the forthcoming Year 2001 Annual State Department Country Report for Israel.
BADIL CALLS FOR LOBBY SUPPORT
To affirm our request to the State Department, please contact:
Mr. Lorne W. Craner
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor,
U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C.:
Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer
U.S. Embassy to Israel:
Tel: 00972-3-519-7575 (switch board)
Fax: 00972-3-510-8093 (direct)
BADIL's letter to the State Department.
The State Department's Year 2000 Annual Country Report for Israel (The link will open in a new browser page)